In some cases, and most people has suggested the Audigy, and S/B MP3+, I found this at Maplin (on their website). Has anyone used one of these, do you reckon it is even worth looking at?

The GF needs a new soundcard for her PC, I do have an internal PCI Hoontech Digital NX somewhere but drivers are a real pig to find for XP. Might give it a try for her PC, see what it sounds like.